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Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and cloudy day with some sunny spells.

It'll become more overcast overnight with widespread mist and drizzle:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:20 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:35 York to Southampton via Doncaster service has been cancelled
  • The 08:57 Doncaster to Southampton service has been cancelled
  • The 09:09 Leeds to Nottingham service has been cancelled
  • The 09:17 Leeds to Wigan Wallgate service has been cancelled
  • The 09:24 Sheffield to Southampton service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

What's your Brexit question?

Brexit questions
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At the end of January, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union.

But it won't be the end of the Brexit story - the nation will then enter into an 11-month transition period to prepare for its new relationship with the EU.

As the big day approaches BBC Look North wants to answer your Brexit questions.

Is there anything you're concerned about or would like more information about? If so, you can get in touch with us by emailing look.north@bbc.co.uk

Please include your name, where you live and your question.

North Yorkshire remains 'safest' county

North Yorkshire remains the safest county in the country despite a rise of 12% in reported crimes, according to government statistics published today.

police car
North Yorkshire Police

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed a crime rate of 57.5% per 1,000 population, which is the lowest nationally compared to the average of 84.6%.

There were a total of 47,368 crimes in the county from September 2018-19.

It shows there were a total of 47,368 crimes in North Yorkshire during the 12-month period, giving a crime rate of 57.5 per 1,000 population, the ONS figures show.

Ch Con Lisa Winward said: “My thanks go to each and every one of our officers, staff and volunteers for their continuous hard work, our partners whose role is vital in helping us protect people, and members of the public for their support.

“Despite our national position, we are not complacent and our focus is on improving early intervention and prevention across the service to reduce harm in our communities.”

'Booker of the North' winner to be announced

The winner of a literary competition celebrating all things northern is due to be announced later.

Portico prize shortlist
Portico Prize

The Portico Prize is awarded to the book which "best evokes the spirit of the north of England", with the winning author receiving a £10,000 prize.

Among the books shortlisted are a novel based on the life of Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar and a book of stories inspired by Scout Rock, near Mytholmroyd.

The shortlisted books are:

  • Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile: Adelle Stripe
  • The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: Graham Caveney
  • Ironopolis: Glen James Brown
  • Saltwater: Jessica Andrews
  • Under the Rock: Benjamin Myers
  • The Mating Habits of Stags: Ray Robinson

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony later at the Portico Library in Manchester.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

A cloud and misty start, particularly foggy in some areas.

This afternoon will stay cloudy with drizzle expected.

Most areas will see the odd bright spell with highs of about 9C (48F):

BBC WEATHER FORECAST
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Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and misty start with patchy fog in areas, particularly on the hills.

Lifting to a cloudy day with the occasional bright spell and highs of about 11C (52F).

There might be drizzle in some places this afternoon:

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Rise in number of right-wing extremists

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The number of potential right-wing extremists in the North East who have been referred to the government's anti-extremism programme has risen to more than 300.

The figures from the Prevent scheme relate to 2018 and 2019 and are across the areas covered by the seven North East and Yorkshire police forces.

In total, there were almost 1,000 referrals to the programme from the region - the highest total in England and Wales.

The figures show that more than 300 of those were about children aged under 15.

'Warning' issued to Network Rail

The company which looks after railway infrastructure is being investigated over its poor performance on routes used by train operators Northern and TransPennine Express.

A man cuts track
Network Rail

The two operators are being closely scrutinised by the government over the service they provide after they came in for heavy criticism last year.

Now, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) says it has put Network Rail "on a warning" in relation to its work in the North West and Central regions of England.

The regulator said Network Rail's performance deteriorated in 2018 and "failed to substantially recover during 2019".

ORR chief executive John Larkinson said: "The top priority for passengers is that their train arrives on time and that isn't happening consistently enough across the country.

"ORR is responsible for looking at how Network Rail contributes to train delays, and while there are areas of very good performance such as in Wales and Western region, Network Rail's performance in North West and Central region is not good enough.

"That is why we are putting the company on a warning to make sure its improvement plans deliver for passengers."

BAME foster care shortage across Yorkshire and Humber

Two thirds of local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region face a shortage of foster carers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

A family
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The BBC has analysed figures from Ofsted, which has data from 146 of the 153 local authorities which provide fostering services in England.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, there are 4,545 children in foster care. Of these children, 18% are BAME.

But of the foster parents in the region, just 7% are BAME.

Fostering charity Coram BAAF says more needs to be done to ensure foster carers are representative of the children they look after.

Children's Minister Michelle Donelan says she's extremely concerned about the situation and every child should have a stable family background and opportunities regardless of their ethnicity and religion.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather: Dry and mild

BBC Weather

A cold and frosty start to the day but it will remain dry across Yorkshire.

Low cloud will gradually clear but it won't get much warmer than 8C (46F).

Tonight, there's a chance some places might get light drizzle, but it will remain mild into Wednesday morning:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Tuesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:44 York to Plymouth service has been cancelled
  • The 09:10 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Police begin speeding crackdown

BBC Tees

Cleveland and Durham Police are starting two weeks of speed checks on the region's roads.

They say they are trying to reduce fatal and serious crashes caused by people driving too fast.

More than 60,000 people were caught speeding in the the North East in the two years between January 2018 and December 2019.

Speed check
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HS2 review 'a betrayal of the North'

BBC Business Live

The director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership has called for a commitment to HS2, following on from the Financial Times' publication of a government-commissioned review into the rail link.

Henri Murison
BBC

Henri Murison said: "The North’s civic and business leaders have argued tirelessly that major infrastructure investment is so badly needed to provide the capacity so urgently needed on our rail network as well as delivering the transformational economic growth the Northern Powerhouse needs to compete on the global stage.

"By better integrating the last phase with Northern Powerhouse Rail we will ensure that we get the maximum possible benefits, with the so called Y network to Leeds, Manchester and beyond on an upgraded conventional network the key economic driver because of increased capacity, not principally speed.

"This is a seminal moment in the modern history of the UK. Any failure to seize this opportunity would be a betrayal of the North, and the promise of a Northern Powerhouse. Time to level up the country and close the North-South divide."

HS2: Rail link costs could rise to £106bn, says review

Building the high-speed rail link HS2 could cost up to £106bn, a government-commissioned review has said.

HS2 train
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The unpublished report, seen by the Financial Times, says there is "considerable risk" that estimated costs could rise by another 20%.

In 2015, HS2 - a branch of which would run from London through South Yorkshire to Leeds, with a branch running into North Yorkshire - was set to cost £56bn.

The review also recommends pausing the second phase of the project while experts look at whether conventional lines could help link Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds instead.

Some £8bn has already been spent on the project, which will connect London, the Midlands and northern England using trains capable of travelling at 250mph.

BBC transport correspondent Tom Burridge said that "on balance", the review recommends the government should proceed with the project, but he added this "is hardly a ringing endorsement".

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

It's a chilly start to the day with a few scattered showers here and there.

That rain should clear out this afternoon leaving us with a mostly dry, fine and bright end to the day with temperatures of about 9C.

Overnight it will stay mostly dry and Saturday looks like it will bring plenty of sunshine our way:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 20 minutes late
  • The 09:07 service from Bradford Interchange to York is running about 15 minutes late
  • The 09:16 service from Bradford Interchange to Blackpool north has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Public back use of Tasers in Police chief survey

More than two thirds of people surveyed about arming police officers in North Yorkshire with Tasers say they support the idea.

Taser being fired
PA Media

Of the 4,000 people who responded to the survey conducted by the county's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, 66% said they would feel safer if every police officer was armed with an electric stun gun.

Tasers fire two small dart-like electrodes which deliver a high-voltage shock to temporarily disable a suspect.

Julia Mulligan says: "We're waiting to hear from the government about how they are going to apportion the £10m they promised last year for additional Tasers.

"We already have a significant number of officers with them, but we did see a nasty spike in violence against officers over the Christmas period and that's brought the safety of our officers into sharp focus."

Ms Mulligan said the final decision on deployment of Tasers to officers across the force rests with the Chief Constable, Lisa Winward.

The results of the survey are being presented to a police watchdog today.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start it's going to turn wet and windy with gusts of up to 55mph.

Temperatures will reach about 11C or 12C.

Things will clear a little ovenight but there may still be some showers in places:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:20 from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:23 service from York to Blackpool North has been cancelled
  • The 08:30 service from Leeds to York has been cancelled
  • The 08:31 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 32 minutes late
  • The 08:44 service from York to Plymouth is running about 24 minutes late
  • The 08:56 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 29 minutes late
  • The 08:57 service from Leeds to Blackpool North has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

BreakingUrgent appeal to trace 88-year-old man who left hospital

Police are urgently trying to trace 88-year-old Donald Storey, who was last seen leaving James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough this afternoon.

He is white, 5ft 8in, pale, with neck-length grey unkempt hair. He was last seen wearing a large black coat, cream jumper and dark coloured jeans and was walking in the direction of Bell Vue shop at 14:50.

Police said Donald will appear in a confused sate. He is not from Middlesbrough and officers believe he may be trying to make his way towards Great Ayton.

Anyone who may have seen him should call 999.

Householders threatened with machete and firearm

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery in Hartlepool.

A property in Greenlea was targeted by five men who threatened the occupants with a firearm and a machete before making off in an Audi S3 belonging to the victims.

The men, who were wearing balaclavas, were also driving a Mondeo, which was later recovered in Durham.

Cleveland Police said firearms officers were deployed at the time of the incident and officers from Northumbria and Durham Police also assisted in searches for the stolen vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cleveland force.

Thieves clean up in vacuum cleaner lorry break-in

Police are appealing for information after thousands of pounds worth of vacuum cleaners and parts were stolen from a lorry.

The vehicle was parked at Ron Perry's service on the northbound side of the A19 overnight on Monday into Tuesday when the curtain to the trailer was cut.

More than 460 Shark duoclean hoovers, with a have a model number of NV700UKT and a batch number of 2419, were taken.

The value of the items runs into tens of thousands of pounds, and Cleveland Police has urged anyone who may have been offered any for sale to contact them.

Ron Perry's services
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Murdered woman garden search 'finds nothing'

A second day of searching for the remains of a missing woman feared murdered has drawn a blank.

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Seven men on trial over Hartlepool murder

Seven men have gone on trial charged with the murder of a Hartlepool man.

Michael Phillips, who was 39, died at his home on Rydal Street in June last year.

Police said he suffered “significant injuries” prior to his death.

Seven defendants who are all from Hartlepool are charged with murder “together with persons unknown”.

Neil Elliott, 44, from Briarfield Close, Lee Darby, 32, from Ridley Court, Anthony Small, 40, from Rydal Street, Gary Jackson, 31, from The Darlings in Hart Village, John Musgrave, 54, and Sean Musgrave, 30, who are father and son and both from Wordsworth Avenue, and Craig Thorpe, 36, from Young Street all deny murder.

Neil Elliott is also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm which he denies.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Nick Johnson QC said Mr Phillips was “beaten to death” in his own home on 10 June last year.

Michael Phillips
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The attack had started around 21:00 “as soon as he opened the door”.

Mr Phillips had been “slammed against a fish tank” and sustained more than 50 injuries. He said “knuckle dusters, punches, kicks and multiple stamps” on Mr Phillips' body lead to “extensive internal bleeding” and he died at the scene.

Mr Johnson told the jury Neil Elliott believed Mr Phillips had burgled the home of his daughter and stolen her car.

He said Mr Elliott decided to “take the law into his own hands” and put a post on Facebook saying “whoever burgled my daughter’s house last night - your life is about to change. Trust me”.

But there was “no real evidence” that Mr Phillips had carried out the burglary.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court is expected to last until the end of February.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and bright day for most with temperatures up to about 9C or 10C.

Overnight there may be one or two showers in western parts but it will stay dry for most:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:14 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about nine minutes late

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

'We're onto you': Police warn uninsured drivers

North Yorkshire Police have told uninsured drivers "we're onto you" in an operation to catch illegal motorists.

TRAFFIC POLICE IN OPERATION
PA Media

The force says it's coordinating its resources to target drivers on certain days across the county.

The aim is "to take as many off the road as possible", said police.

Traffic Sgt Mark Patterson said: “My message to all uninsured drivers is simple – we’re onto you.

"The tactics and technology we’ll be using will be virtually impossible to evade."

Man sprayed with substance believed to be pepper spray in Stockton

A man has been sprayed with a substance, believed to be pepper spray, and assaulted by three people in Stockton.

Police said it happened at the Sainsbury's on Whitehouse Farm, on Bishopton Road West as the store was closing on Sunday afternoon.

The two men sprayed the man in his 60s and hit him over the head with a metal bin lid leaving him needing hospital treatment.

One of the men is described as being tall, very thin, with a gaunt face, very few or no teeth and very dark, unkempt hair.

A woman was with the two men, she had long, dark, curly hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Sainsbury's on Whitehouse Farm, on Bishopton Road West
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Missing Naheed Khan: Thornaby property searched

Police in thornaby
BBC

The garden of a property on Briar Road, Thornaby has been examined as part of a series of new searches by police investigating the suspected murder of Naheed Khan.

Det Louise Sproson said: "The search today could potentially lead detectives to Naheed's whereabouts.

"We have received a vast amount of intelligence to date and our detectives are currently investigating over 1,800 evidential documents, 670 statements and over 4,600 actions (lines of inquiry to follow up).

"Our team are committed to finding Naheed and bringing those responsible to justice."

Naheed Khan
Cleveland Police

Ms Khan, 43, from Middlesbrough, was reported missing on 12 June 2018, but had not been seen by her family for three weeks before then.

A 39-year-old man, arrested last year in connection with her disappearance, was released while investigations continue.

The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information about her disappearance.

Missing Naheed Khan: Police start series of new searches

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Police investigating the suspected murder of Naheed Khan have started a series of new searches this morning.

Ms Khan, 43, from Middlesbrough, was reported missing on 12 June 2018, but had not been seen by her family for three weeks before then.

Officers are conducting searches in the garden of a property in Briar Road in Thornaby.

It is a year since the police stopped treating Ms Khan as a missing person and started a murder inquiry.

A 39-year-old man, arrested last year in connection with her disappearance, was released while investigations continue.

The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information about her disappearance.

Naheed Khan
Cleveland Police

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning should be dry with some sunshine, but it will become cloudy towards the middle of the day with outbreaks of rain this afternoon.

It will become very windy during the afternoon and into the evening.

The wind will continue tonight with further rain which should clear overnight:

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Drink-driving campaign sees 100 arrested over Christmas

Three people caught drink-driving in North Yorkshire over the Christmas period were more than three times the legal limit, police say.

Roadside breathylising
PA Media

Latest figures show 100 people were arrested on drink or drug-driving charges during a 24-day campaign by police.

They're due to appear in court over the next few weeks.

The new figure represents an increase on the same period last year when 82 motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Sgt Andy Morton said: “It’s disappointing so many have now ruined their new year with an act of stupidity and they’re facing 2020 without a licence and with a criminal record.

“We have absolutely no sympathy for them. My team and I see the consequences of drink and drug-driving first-hand, and they are utterly horrific."

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start to the day it's going to turn wet and windy, with gales in places.

Temperatures will get up to 9C or 10C in places:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 09:07 service from Bradford Interchange to York is running about 27 minutes late

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Attempted murder charge over Christmas Day assault

Police have charged a man with attempted murder following an assault on Christmas Day.

Officers were called to Dinsdale Road in the Hardwick area of Stockton at 21:00 by reports of an altercation.

The 35-year-old victim suffered injuries to his chest, head and back, and was in hospital for several days.

A 29-year-old man will appear before Teesside Magistrates' Court later.

Cleveland Police said a 31-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and importing a prohibited weapon has now been released while inquiries continue.

A video has been released showing a pack of dogs mauling a roe deer
The video was filmed by hunt saboteurs on land near Askham Richard in North Yorkshire.